Live music association Prodiss and trade union SMA are spearheading the organisation of test shows in Paris and Marseille for this spring
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"You have to put yourself in a situation where there will be a mixing," says France's minister for culture, Roselyne Bachelot
By IQ on 16 Feb 2021
France’s upcoming test concerts will admit participants who tested positive for Covid-19 before the event, according to the French minister for culture, Roselyne Bachelot.
Bachelot yesterday evening (15 January) appeared on French news channel LCI to discuss the upcoming experiments, which are spearheaded by a new working group, and revealed that positive cases “will not be filtered because you have to put yourself in a situation where there will be a mixing”.
A number of similar experiments have taken place across Europe, including Germany’s Restart-19 and Spain’s Primacov, but the tests in France would be the first to allow entry for Covid-positive participants.
According to the culture minister, two tests will take place at The Dome (cap. 8,500), Marseille, in the second half of March with 1,000 spectators who will be “seated with the possibility of getting up”.
“I am very optimistic about festivals and seated shows. For standing shows, it’s more complicated”
Participants will be tested beforehand and will be required to wear masks and use antibacterial gel.
The Marseille concerts will be organised by Béatrice Desgranges of the city’s flagship festival, Marsatac, who is also a member of France’s live music trade body, SMA (Syndicat des musiques contemporaries).
The protocols for the tests have been validated by Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) and the Scientific Council of Professor Delfraissy.
The Paris experiment will take place at the AccorHotels Arena (cap. 20, 300) in April with 5,000 participants, under the guidance of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, says Bachelot.
“I am very optimistic about festivals and seated shows. For standing shows, it’s more complicated,” the culture minister told LCI.
The minister also revealed that the experiments would be reviewed during an international conference in Marseille on 8 April.
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